Kevin McCarthy

American politician, 55th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Kevin Owen McCarthy (born January 26, 1965) is an American politician. He is the 55th and current Speaker of the House of Representatives since 2023. He is a member of the Republican Party. Before becoming speaker, he was the House minority leader of the United States House of Representatives from 2019 to 2023. He is the U.S. representative for California's 23rd District.[1]

Kevin McCarthy
Kevin McCarthy, official portrait, speaker.jpg
Official portrait, 2023
55th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 7, 2023
Preceded byNancy Pelosi
House Minority Leader
In office
January 3, 2019 – January 3, 2023
DeputySteve Scalise
Preceded byNancy Pelosi
Succeeded byHakeem Jeffries
Leader of the House Republican Conference
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byPaul Ryan
House Majority Leader
In office
August 1, 2014 – January 3, 2019
SpeakerJohn Boehner
Paul Ryan
Preceded byEric Cantor
Succeeded bySteny Hoyer
House Majority Whip
In office
January 3, 2011 – August 1, 2014
SpeakerJohn Boehner
Preceded byJim Clyburn
Succeeded bySteve Scalise
House Republican Chief Deputy Whip
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
LeaderJohn Boehner
Preceded byEric Cantor
Succeeded byPeter Roskam
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Preceded byBill Thomas
Constituency22nd district (2007–2013)
23rd district (2013–present)
Minority Leader of the California State Assembly
In office
January 5, 2004 – April 17, 2006
Preceded byDave Cox
Succeeded byGeorge Plescia
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 32nd district
In office
December 2, 2002 – November 30, 2006
Preceded byRoy Ashburn
Succeeded byJean Fuller
Personal details
Kevin Owen McCarthy

(1965-01-26) January 26, 1965 (age 58)
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Judy Wages (m. 1992)
EducationCalifornia State University, Bakersfield (BS, MBA)
WebsiteHouse website
Party website

2015 speaker campaignEdit

On September 25, 2015, John Boehner announced his intention to resign as speaker of the House effective October 30, 2015. Many media outlets speculated that McCarthy would likely replace him.[2][3] He was the presumptive successor to Speaker John Boehner.[4]

On September 28, McCarthy formally announced his candidacy for Speaker of the House. Having held congressional office for less than nine years, McCarthy would have been the least experienced Speaker since 1891.[5] On October 8, 2015, McCarthy dropped out of the race for Speaker of the House. [6]

2023 speaker campaignEdit

He led the Republicans in gaining narrow control of the House in the 2022 midterm elections; however he failed to win the Speakership on the first fourteen ballots upon the start of the 118th Congress.[7] He was criticized by far-right conservatives which refused to vote him in as speaker.[8] He was elected speaker on the fifteenth ballot on January 7, 2023.


  1. Ertelt, Steven (June 19, 2014). "Pro-Life Rep. Kevin McCarthy Elected Republican House Majority Leader Replacing Cantor". LifeNews. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  2. Russell Berman. "John Boehner to Resign as House Speaker - The Atlantic". The Atlantic.
  3. "California's Kevin McCarthy Could be New Speaker - Breitbart". Breitbart.
  4. McCarthy's comments about Benghazi should raise a red flag for Republicans, Washington Post, Chris Cillizza, September 30, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  5. Kevin McCarthy would be the least experienced House Speaker since 1891, Washington Post, Phillip Bump, September 28, 2015. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  6. Swanson, Ian (8 October 2015). "Shock! McCarthy drops Speaker bid". TheHill.
  7. Hutzler, Alexandra; Cathey, Libby; Axelrod, Tal; Oppenheim, Oren (January 3, 2023). "New Congress live updates: McCarthy set to lose 2nd speaker vote after historic defeat". ABC News. Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  8. McCaskill, Nolan D. (January 3, 2023). "Kevin McCarthy falls short on first three votes for speaker in historic defeat". Los Angeles Times. Washington, D.C. Retrieved January 4, 2023.

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